or sheep dog

[sheep-dawg, -dog]

Origin of sheepdog

First recorded in 1765–75; sheep + dog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of sheepdog

Historical Examples of sheepdog

  • Like all good lurchers, she is bred between the greyhound and sheepdog.

  • I came home about five or six o'clock and found the family at Treff Loyne laughing at old Tiger, the sheepdog.

    The Terror

    Arthur Machen

  • I have had, maybe, a dozen dogs in all, the best being the result of a pure cross between greyhound and sheepdog.

  • To this class belong most of the useful dogs, such as the spaniel, the setter, the pointer and the sheepdog.

  • She works her way out like a sheepdog working his way out of a flock of sheep, or like a boat through pack-ice.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for sheepdog


  1. Also called: shepherd dog a dog used for herding sheepSee Border collie
  2. any of various breeds of dog reared originally for herding sheepSee Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog
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